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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Instant Family (2018) Although "Instant Family" takes more than an instant to rev up the funny, the film crescendos well, ultimately maximizing the humor, reality and drama that are all present in real-world foster parenting scenarios.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) If not for the seriousness of the situation - the potential for a new Great Depression - Too Big to Fail could play as a black comedy. ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
77% Recount (2008) There's no suspense about the outcome, but following the twisted, oftentimes maddening journey to that point is filled with tension and dark humor.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet Warm, welcoming and occasionally tear-jerking, this three-hour production goes down like a warm glass of milk at bedtime.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
68% Paterno (2018) The laser-like focus benefits Paterno, a taut story told in a succinct fashion -- the film runs just one hour and 40 minutes -- that mostly avoids tangents.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
81% The Child in Time (2018) Credit PBS's Masterpiece film The Child in Time... starring Benedict Cumberbatch, with tearing the Band-Aid off its difficult-to-watch premise.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) [It] is a serious, thought-provoking attempt to get the behind-the-scenes details straight. But I'm not sure it was really necessary. And I'm not sure its effort to "humanize" the misguided anti-Semitic German radicals behind it really works.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2.5/4 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Ms. Vikander attacks this role at a headlong pace, with a raspy primal yelp, and she's so much fun to watch. ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/4 89% In Search of Fellini (2017) This sweet story that has been put to film shows the passion Cartwright found for the 1954 Fellini film "La Strada" that started a three-decade journey that resulted in the story of what it means to be deeply passionate about something.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/4 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) It would have been easy for Mr. Linklater to make this an anti-war film or a pro-military production. There are moments when both are discussed with a kick-to-the-gut frankness, but the big-ticket political items always give way to the very human aspects.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
No Score Yet The Christmas Train (2017) Train inaccuracies aside, The Christmas Train is pleasant enough pabulum for viewers who seek comfort viewing. Fans of more complicated, well written TV can let this train pass them by and turn their attention to... Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
100% King Charles III on Masterpiece (2017) It all feels a bit unfair to the real-life counterparts. And then King Charles III makes a fascinating pivot.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
67% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Ms. Winfrey's Deborah can jump from settled to agitated and filled with perseverating thoughts in the blink of an eye. It's a role that could fall into caricature, but Ms. Winfrey brings vulnerability and believability to the part.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
93% Tickled (2016) Tickled runs a bit too long (at 90 minutes) and proves slightly unsatisfying in its denouement. The new, 20-minute tack-on, The Tickle King, helps somewhat and offers new, necessary details.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
No Score Yet The Obama Years: The Power of Words (2017) The Power of Words, a one-hour film, portrays Mr. Obama's oratory prowess in glowing terms, but it doesn't get into policy and mostly avoids politics.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) A wonderfully entertaining program, Bright Lights shows just how close the mother and daughter had become in recent years... that vaguely brings to mind Grey Gardens without the fallen-from-grace squalor.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
30% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) What plot there is goes sideways in the last half-hour, just as in the movie. At that point, I just wanted it to be over. ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
63% Killing Reagan (2016) Killing Reagan is pretty much the expected, rote bio movie of the assassination attempt on President Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
15% Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016) With Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, this B movie series most definitely - wait for it - jumps the shark.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
81% Confirmation (2016) An interesting reminder of an earlier political debacle, Confirmation likely will confirm whatever biases a viewer brings to it: Hill was railroaded; the filmmakers are in the tank for Hill (those two positions are not mutually exclusive).‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
70% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Written by Murray, Mitch Glazer (Scrooged) and the special's director, Sofia Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas is an odd holiday entry but one that surely has a small but loyal audience that will find its hipper-than-thou vibe entertaining.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
60% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015) "I'm probably missing some great Internet snark right now," [Annie] whines. "#boring." Alas, the same hashtag can be applied to Turkey Hollow at times.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
No Score Yet Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration (2015) It's not a critical look at Ms. Moore's career. This show is a celebration, just like the title says, and one her fans are sure to appreciate.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
No Score Yet The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story (2015) No one will confuse these behind-the-scenes movies with good TV but there's some high-calorie entertainment value to be had in this low-rent pastiche of TV nostalgia.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015
36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) Halfway through - right about the time a character loses his limbs one by one while trying to take heroic action - the mojo that makes these absurd movies a hoot kicks in and Sharknado 3 becomes the insane event viewers anticipate.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
80% 7 Days in Hell (2015) [It] is often quite funny, particularly in its sillier moments, including a drunk Queen Elizabeth calling Poole to demand a win, Williams' reactions to streakers on the tennis court and a digital reenactment of a Swedish prison orgy.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
89% Bessie (2015) The story is so intent on covering the title character's life almost in its entirety that character motivations suffer.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
95% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) There is an immediacy to hearing former church members' stories from them.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
89% Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014) It's too much of a rehash of the original, superior Elf and the songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin while fine, won't stick with viewers for a minute after the program concludes.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2014
50% How Murray Saved Christmas (2014) it's a clever, funny hour that's written in rhyme with imaginative songs threaded throughout.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
100% Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) Writer/director Steve Purcell brings these new toys to life with small details that ring true to life, from the herky-jerky movement of a dinosaur playset's elevator to a brief, TV commercial-length theme song for these battling dinos.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2014
27% Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014) One can't help but wish all this meta commentary had been grafted onto a better story and a better movie that didn't feel like such a cheap rush job.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) The Normal Heart...offers a stinging political indictment of the shameful attitudes toward gay men's health in the 1980s and a touching evocation of the human losses suffered due to HIV-AIDS. And the film boasts winning, Emmy-bait performances all around.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 90% Cropsey (2010) The film is eerie and thought-provoking, raising worthwhile questions about the pursuit of justice without losing compassion for the victims or their families.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
95% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) Even for those who don't watch Doctor Who regularly, it's a terrifically entertaining period piece with a lot of heart and appreciation for TV history.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Jan 7, 2014
92% The Challenger Disaster (2013) The Challenge Disaster suffers somewhat from its attempts to create added dramatic intrigue... The film never offers proof either way, and it's an unnecessary embellishment that too strictly conforms to conspiracy archetypes.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2013
56% Killing Kennedy (2013) Killing Kennedy deserves some credit for attempting to retell the JFK assassination in a slightly different way but it doesn't go far enough in getting at the underpinnings of Oswald's character and motivation. ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
93% Toy Story of Terror! (2013) Shorts like Toy Story OF TERROR! give fans an opportunity to revisit the entertaining Toy Story universe and spend more time with these beloved characters. ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
29% Ghost Shark (2013) [One} thing to note about Ghost Shark is how gleefully it embraces every bad horror movie stereotype.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Aug 28, 2013
60% Mockingbird Lane (2012) Mockingbird Lane is funny, fanciful, a visual treat and, perhaps surprisingly, full of heart.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Aug 14, 2013
86% Teen Beach Movie (2013) A more entertaining, clever musical than its generic title suggests. ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Aug 2, 2013
82% Sharknado (2013) Sharknado turned out to be the perfect blend of cheesy pop culture elements, including title, stars and the ever-popular shark-as-adversary theme.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) Terrific performances make it a movie worth seeing.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted May 27, 2013
50% Phil Spector (2013) Fans of legal dramas should be intrigued by Phil Spector, a well-paced 90-minute character-driven film‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted May 22, 2013
No Score Yet Top of the Lake makes for a compelling mix of moody, character-driven drama.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Mar 22, 2013
No Score Yet It's not clear why this story warranted a movie. It's a small character study about a large man who comes off as a terrorizing buffoon.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Oct 19, 2012
68% Game Change (2012) But if viewers put politics aside, imagining everyone on screen as a character rather than a stand-in for a real-life figure, they will find Game Change offers enough Shakespearean machinations to warrant praise as an exceptional melodrama.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted Aug 3, 2012